Article of Faith: The Sacrifice of Fools, By Femi Aribisala

Femi Aribisala, Ph.D
Femi Aribisala

To sacrifice the valuable, Jesus would have had to give up his eternal life in heaven.

God said to the Israelites: “What do I care about incense from Sheba or sweet calamus from a distant land? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable; your sacrifices do not please me.” (Jeremiah 6:20). It is not surprising therefore that Solomon also says: “Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.” (Ecclesiastes 5:1). Christians would do well to heed these counsels.

Ungodly sacrifices

Why are sacrifices so objectionable to God? Jesus teaches that if something is of men, it cannot be of God. He says to Peter: “Get behind me, Satan! You are an offense to me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” (Matthew 16:23). Jesus also says if something is from men, it cannot be from heaven and vice-versa. Accordingly, he asked the Pharisees: “The baptism of John- was it from heaven or from men?” (Mark 11:30). Sacrifice is of men; therefore it cannot be of God.

Men have always seen sacrifice as the way to worship deities. Primordial man sacrificed. Idol-worshippers sacrifice. Devil-worshippers sacrifice. In the bible, men sacrificed even before the Law of Moses. But God has no need for sacrifices. Hear him: “I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens.” (Psalm 50:9). “Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats?” (Psalm 50:13). Thanks to Jesus, we now know that: “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24).

Jesus says: “Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’” (Matthew 9:13). When we follow this injunction, we discover that sacrifice is incompatible with the abundant mercy of God. God does not withhold forgiveness to the penitent, pending the offering of a sacrifice. If he does, the Father of the prodigal son in Jesus’ parable would not have rushed out to embrace his returning errant son. He would have asked him first and foremost: “Where is your sacrifice?” However, instead of requiring the blood of bulls and the fat of rams, it was the Father who killed the fattened calf in celebration of his son’s return.

Inadequate sacrifices

God desires love without sacrifice. By its very nature, a sacrifice is hardly ever given whole-heartedly because we are required to sacrifice what we love. However, the love God requires comes “with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind.” (Matthew 22:37). That means it cannot be sacrificial. A sacrifice involves loss. The man who gives sacrificially loses the valuable thing he gives. Therefore, there is often discontentment in sacrifices.

But with love, there is no loss: there is only gain. When we truly love, we don’t give sacrificially; we give wholeheartedly. The man who gives out of love loses nothing. There are no grounds for disgruntlement because he delights to do the will of God. Accordingly, David acknowledges to God: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire; my ears you have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering you did not require. Then I said, ‘Behold, I come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do your will, O my God, and your law is within my heart.” (Psalm 40:6-8).

When Jesus told the chief young ruler to go and sell all he has and give the proceeds to the poor as precondition for inheriting the kingdom of God, the man saw the requirement as a sacrifice and refused to fulfil it. But the love God desires is not sacrificial. It is one where we give God everything without batting an eyelid because we are completely overwhelmed by his love. This is why Jesus says: “Any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:33).

Jesus insists on love and not sacrifice. God never takes anything valuable from us. He only insists that we give up rubbish in order to receive the Excellency of all things, which is God himself. Just listen to Jesus: “The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” (Matthew 13:45-46). Buying this precious pearl does not involve any sacrifice.

Bloody sacrifices

Sacrifices are evil and unjust. Jesus says: “If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.” (Matthew 12:7). With every blood-sacrifice, the innocent is killed. Such injustice contravenes the mercy of God. Therefore God says: “Whoever sacrifices a bull is like one who kills a man, and whoever offers a lamb, like one who breaks a dog’s neck; whoever makes a grain offering is like one who presents pig’s blood.” (Isaiah 66:3).

The kingdoms of men are built on the injustice of sacrifices. We build kingdoms on the blood of others. We sacrifice slaves; we sacrifice blacks; we sacrifice minorities; we sacrifice the poor; we sacrifice women; we sacrifice the under-privileged. Therefore, God who is love cannot be part of any sacrificial system, including the one allegedly ascribed to Jesus. But God is at the centre of every truly loving system.

False religion justifies violence as sacrifice. But true religion exposes this as deception. Sacrificial systems are founded on violence and killings. Once sacrifice is falsely construed as a basic requirement of faith, cruelty is the answer. Sacrifice often entails the shedding of blood. In the bible, the children of Israel sacrificed their neighbours, sacrificed their prophets, sacrificed their children and they sacrificed Jesus, their Saviour. Leviticus depicts a bizarre society that regarded the spilling of blood as a means of maintaining an ungodly religious civilisation.

Hatred of life

Jesus sacrificed nothing by allowing himself to be killed. On the contrary, he traded the futility of this world for the glory of the Father. That is the antithesis of a sacrifice. Jesus said to his disciples on his departure: “If you loved me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father.’” (John 14:28). Where then is the sacrifice?

Jesus teaches that: “The man who loves his life will lose it.” (John 12:25). Accordingly, Jesus himself hated his life on earth. If he had lived to a ripe old age, that would have been a sacrifice for him. But he died young; ensuring that he went back quickly to the Father he loves. That is not a sacrifice. A man who gives up what he hates does not make a sacrifice. A man who hates his life cannot sacrifice his life.

Jesus says: “Love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:12-13). Jesus is not asking us to sacrifice here: he is asking us to love. A sacrifice implies the loss of something valuable; but life in this world is disposable. To sacrifice the valuable, Jesus would have had to give up his eternal life in heaven.


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  • BEWARE OF THE YEASTS OF ARIBISALA

    You see, Aribisala intentionally uses the word “sacrifice” in a scary manner in order to justify his anti-sacrifice teaching. When he speaks about Christ being sacrificed, he tends to mischievously give false and unpleasant picture of Jesus bound hands and feet, laid on an altar waiting for a knife to cut through his throat. The truth is that the sacrifice of Jesus is quite different from the picture Aribisala tries to conjure up in people mind.

    God ordained sacrifices to be made to him by man and there several Biblical references to support this. God Himself described who, how and when sacrifices to Him should be made and the items to be used. So sacrifices made outside of the pattern set by God are not of God. Human being is not among the items God chose for His sacrifice. While man repeatedly sacrificed animals and other items to God for his sins, God in His infinite mercy and wisdom, sacrificed or offered Jesus to take away the sins of man once and for all (Hebrews 10:12). We may not understand this; we may not believe it, but if we are wise, we should take it the way the Bible puts it. It is when we want to use our human sense or philosophy to under the scripture that we frequently fall into many traps such as the one Aribisala and his CULT group fell into. They have trapped themselves, though redeemably, in their own wisdom.

    Let us quickly look into some Biblical references:

    First, we read in Genesis that Abel made a sacrifice unto God and God accepted the sacrifice Genesis 4:3-4. Note that offering was used in Genesis. But Hebrews 11:4 use the word “sacrifice” as we can see below:

    “By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.”

    If we believe Aribisala’s idea about God and sacrifice, it means God had accepted Abel’s sacrifice in error or the Bible lied about God. Neither God nor the Bible lied. Aribisala is the LIAR.

    We also read about Jacob pouring oil on a stone in reverence to God after an encounter in a dream. God did not rebuke Jacob for making an offering or sacrifice unto Him. Lastly, we read about the instruction of God to Adam to sacrifice his only son Isaac in Genesis 22:2. Why should God tell Abram to offer Isaac if God hated sacrifice? Was God tempting Abraham with sin?

    God established sacrament of sacrifice for atonement of sin and for other reasons in Exodus and Leviticus. God established three sacrifices in Exodus and Leviticus as follows: the sin offering to prepare access to God, the burnt offering to mark dedication of the priests to God’s service and the meat offering for thanksgiving. These offering or sacrifices must be performed in this order. The first offering must be made before the second and the second before the third. The issue of sin is so serious that God commanded a sin offering to made for both intentional and unintentional sins. By simple definition is disobedience to God. So, whether the act of disobedience is intentional or unintentional, the performer of the act is guilty and God requires an atonement (Number 15: 28).

    So the issue of sacrifice or offering is ordained by God. Why should God hate what He ordained?

    Aribisala, like all other heretics, do not allow God to teach them through the Bible. They always want to show they know more than God.

    God ordained animal sacrifice for atonement of sin because God demands that every sin must be paid for. However, the problem with this is that the sacrifice must be repeated. So, at the fullness of time, God decided to replace all the sacrifices with one sacrifice which is our Lord Jesus Christ (Hebrews 9:26). God did not allow human sacrifice because there is no sinless human that could stand in the place of man. A sinner cannot offer another sinner for his sins. This is why God declared in the Bible that human sacrifice is unacceptable and an abomination in His sight. The sacrifice of Jesus is a different kind of sacrifice. The animal system of sacrifice for sins consisted of the priests literally and physically killing the sacrificial animal as instructed in the Bible. But God made Jesus to endure the equivalent of eternity in hell for those who believe in him. The Crucifixion of Christ on the Cross was the consummation of the plan of God to save man from punishment for his sins of disobedience to God. The pastors whom Aribisala criticises will face the judgement of God according to the merit of their deeds here on earth. Individuals will receive their rewards according to how they lived their lives.

    Where is Aribisala heresy in this writing? The SANDWICH METHOD he uses to teach heresy might have cleverly hidden it. The heresy is that JESUS WAS NOT SACRIFICED FOR ANYONE’S SINS. Here is it.

    Sandwich consists of two slices of bread with a filling in between. The filling is usually the heresy. Aribisala began by painting a scary picture of human sacrifice and some metaphysical explanations why God does not accept sacrifice and so on. Next he gave the heresy in two short sentences and then end the writing it by telling us we should obey God and not depend on sacrifice and so on.

    The heresy is where he said and I quote, “… A man who gives up what he hates does not make a sacrifice. A man who hates his life cannot sacrifice his life.”

    The simple logic in what Aribisala is saying is that, “A man who hates his life cannot sacrifice his life. Jesus hates his life so he could not have sacrificed it. Therefore, if Jesus did not sacrifice his life, HE COULD NOT HAVE BEEN A SACRIFICE FOR SIN!” This is the same heresy Aribisala has been spreading all along but was hiding it here. Although the error is not clearly stated, it can still have great effect on people reading it. Psychologists and heretics use subliminal messages to influence people.

    Heretics pick and choose from the Bible what they want. They don’t believe in the whole Bible. They tend to rely on their small and faulty reasoning to understand God. We cannot understand God by our mere reasoning. We need to listen to all of God’s words. We may not like it, it may not fit into our thought pattern, but the word of God remains the same for ever. Aribisala cannot change it. No other smaller or greater heretic can change it. Christians should be careful of Aribisala’s religious writing because he tries to think for God.

    ** Please note that I have been a recent victim of Aribisala’s lies and blackmail. Do not underrate his capacity for these vices.

    • Alfred

      Thanks sir for your Spirit inspired post. It didn’t take me too long to recognise that something is seriously wrong with Aribisala and his philosophy.

  • Femi, you are doing a better job here than in the other newspapers where you play devil’s advocate. Jesus said “17”For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again.18″No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.” John 10:17 – 18. Eternal Life is Eternal Love, the more true love you give, the more you get. Hard as it may seem to you, Jesus loves you so much that He gave you His very Eternal Life. He gave it all, and in the economy of God, He receives all He gave back. Eternal life, Eternal love is so INFINITE, it cannot be diminished or increased. Stay blessed.